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    Evolution never stops and customer expectations on products continue to grow. At the same time, resource consumption for both development and production are expected to decrease to ensure profitable business and a sustainable society.

    Specifically, individual companies want to increase their competitive advantage by offering products that stand out from the competition. Moreover, modern development work is typically characterised by multi-disciplinary, international teamwork, as well as efforts to simultaneously consider several issues related to the product and its life cycle.

    Product development is a core industrial activity that addresses all of these aspects – it is a multidisciplinary process of identifying and envisaging the needs of the user, company and society, and bringing those needs to life.

    Who should apply

    The programme is aimed at students with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, automation and mechatronics, industrial economics, industrial design or an equivalent degree, and who wish to help develop the next generation of outstanding product offers.

    International students are greatly appreciated, especially during teamwork activities, since they contribute unique experiences and enriching viewpoints. International students typically appreciate the open study climate and easy access to teachers and professors.

    Why apply

    Students of this programme acquire knowledge and practical skills to master multi-disciplinary product development while taking all phases of the product life cycle into consideration. The course called “Multidisciplinary Product Development Project” is the most central part of the programme. Student teams plan and carry out a product development project to solve an industrial problem in close collaboration with an industrial partner.

    Students are also given the opportunity to enrich their knowledge in business development, product innovation and manufacturing, which are the domains most related to product development. Thus, a master’s degree in product development provides a broad competence base, which is also suitable for business development and research.

    First Year

    AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

    Compulsory courses

    • Product development management, Examination 7,5
    • Advanced computer aided design, Examination 7,5

    Elective courses

    • Sustainable development, Examination 7,5
    • Manufacturing processes, part A, Examination 6,0
    • Manufacturing processes, part B, Laboratory 1,5
    • Product lifecycle management (PLM), Project 7,5

    AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

    Compulsory courses

    • Product planning and market analysis, Examination 7,5

    Elective courses

    • Materials selection and design, Project 7,5
    • Human factors and ergonomics for engineers, Written and oral assignments 7,5
    • Platform development and modularization management, Examination 7,5
    • Manufacturing strategy, Examination 7,5
    • Business marketing and purchasing, Examination 7,5
    • Finite element simulation in design, Examination 7,5 Voluntary courses
    • Design methodology preparatory course, Project 3,0

    SPRING TERM Study period 3

    Compulsory courses

    • Product development project, Written and oral assignments 4,5
    • Product development project, Project 3,0

    Elective courses

    • Quality management, Examination 7,5
    • Applied mechatronics design, Examination 3,0
    • Applied mechatronics design, Laboratory 4,5
    • Composite mechanics, Examination 7,5

    SPRING TERM Study period 4

    Compulsory courses

    • Product development project, Project 7,5

    Elective courses

    • Project management, Examination 7,5
    • Risk management and safety, Examination 7,5
    • Life cycle assessment, Examination 7,5

    Second Year

    AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

    Elective courses

    • Sustainable development, Examination 7,5
    • Quality management, Examination 7,5
    • Rigid body dynamics, Examination 7,5
    • Metals engineering, part A, Examination 6,0
    • Metals engineering, part B, Laboratory 1,5
    • Manufacturing processes, part A, Examination 6,0
    • Manufacturing processes, part B, Laboratory 1,5
    • Product lifecycle management (PLM), Project 7,5

    AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

    Elective courses

    • Technical change and the environment, Written and oral assignments 7,5
    • Risk management and safety, Examination 7,5
    • Materials selection and design, Project 7,5
    • Human factors and ergonomics for engineers, Written and oral assignments 7,5
    • Platform development and modularization management, Examination 7,5
    • Manufacturing strategy, Examination 7,5
    • Business marketing and purchasing, Examination 7,5
    • Finite element simulation in design, Examination 7,5
    • Powertrain mechanics, Examination 7,5

    SPRING TERM Study period 3

    SPRING TERM Study period 4

    Diploma thesis

    • Master's thesis in Product and production development, Diploma thesis 30.0
    • Master's thesis in Product and production development, part A, Diploma thesis 30.0
    • Master's thesis in Product and production development, part B, Diploma thesis 30.0

    Program requirements

    Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in: Mechanical Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering or Industrial Engineering and Management.Prerequisites: Product development, Industrial economics, Mechanics, Strength of materials, Engineering materials, Programming, Control theory/Automatic control and Mathematics (including Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis and Statistics). English Language ProficiencyThe most common and important scores that are accepted are IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test: 90
    All Scholarships administered by Chalmers have now been awarded and all applicants have been notified of their selection results.

    Important: Applications for scholarships should be made along with the application for Master's studies. Students should not wait until they receive an admission to do so.

    • The Avancez Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and are funded by the Chalmers Foundation. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.

    • The IPOET (International Programme Office for Education and Training) Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers funded by the Government of Sweden. They are awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and available to nearly all fee-paying students, with the exception of 12 countries.

    • The Mölnlycke Health Care Scholarships are 100% fee tuition waivers with possibilities for summer internships and a final master's thesis project.

    • The Sievert Larsson Scholarship Fund (within Friends of Chalmers) offers a 100% tuition fee waiver and living expenses to students of Thai nationality who aim to study on a Master’s programme at Chalmers University of Technology.

    • The US Friends of Chalmers Scholarship is a scholarship comprising USD 35 000 (i.e. a reduction of the tuition fee by USD 8750 per semester) and is awarded to one student with US citizenship.

    • The Volvo Car Corporation Scholarships are 100% tuition fee waivers awarded to 2 Chinese students with the guarantee of participation in the VESC (Volvo Engineering Student Concept) programme which includes a summer job, master thesis project, mentorship and possible employment at Volvo Car Corporation.

    • The Volvo Group Scholarship Programme is a 100% fee tuition fee waiver awarded to students of Indian nationality and Chinese nationality. The Scholarship includes possibilities for internships during the summer, a final Master thesis project and mentorship.

    Scholarships that will not be offered in 2014

    • The Chalmers MasterCard Scholarship (will be offered again in 2015) Available biennialy for a Master's student from Central America, South America or Mexico. The scholarship comprises a 280 000 SEK reduction of the tuition fee (70 000 SEK reduction/ semester).

    • The FlexLink Scholarship (not available in 2014) for a Master's Student from China is a 100% tuition fee waiver along with possibilities for internship and a final master thesis project.

    Note: Being granted alternative funding from external patrons does not affect the possibility of obtaining scholarships from Chalmers as an applicants financial status is not taken into account during the nomination process.

    Scholarships for current students

    Adlerbert 60th Anniversary Scholarships - Will be offered for the first time during 2014 to fee paying Master's Programme students who were admitted Autumn 2013, including scholarship holders whose scholarships do not include costs of living coverage. This means that, for instance, holders of Swedish Institute scholarships and Sievert Larsson, version 2 scholarships will not be eligible to apply. In order to be eligible the applicant must have passed at least 60 credits during the first year of studies. The scholarships, which amount to 60 000 SEK each, will be awarded based on the applicants' cumulative grade point average . Around 10 to 20 scholarships will be offered in 2014. More information about how to apply, etc., will be published soon.

    Adlerbert Foreign Student Hospitality Fund - Only open for international students who have been admitted to, and enrolled on, a Master's Programme at Chalmers. Thus, prospective students cannot apply. Students can be awarded the scholarship a maximum of two times. The application period opens in late January and closes in late February. Consequently, it is only possible to apply during this period of a student's first and second year.

    Scholarships administered by the Swedish Institute

    The Swedish Institute, a government agency, administers over 500 scholarships each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden to pursue their objectives at a Swedish university. Use their online guide in order to find out if any of the Swedish Institute scholarships are available for citizens of your country at your intended level of study.

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